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Cook hoping to right some wrongs

21 September 2019

Andy Cook hopes his side have learnt from their previous mistakes as they take on Huddersfield Town in the FA Women’s National League at Eastwood CFC on Sunday afternoon.

The Reds have already faced up to the Yorkshire side in the league cup earlier in the season which saw Forest forced into an early exit from the competition as they were narrowly beaten 4-3. So, Cook and his side are aware of the quality Huddersfield possess and know it’s going to be a tough fixture. 

“It’ll be a very tough game,” he said. 

“Obviously after the first game we played them this season we reflected on it and we were hugely disappointed with our performance in that game.

“Full credit to Huddersfield though they came out in the second half and really put us under the bump and we didn’t deal with it well enough.

“But hopefully we’ve learnt from that game and the mistakes that we made.

“But we know it’ll be a tough game this weekend with points on the line. We’ll go into it prepared and looking for the three points.” 

The sides last faced each other four weeks ago and Cook believes his teams improvements off the field on analysing games will hopefully be key to them picking up all three points at the weekend. 

Cook explained: “We’ve got better in how we analyse games, how we look at games and to learn what we want from the games. 

“At the end of the day we want to win the game and we want three points but all the little bit of intricacies and the game plans and the little individuals’ skill we’ve improved on. 

“Also, because we’ve played them looking back at the individuals at Huddersfield and seeing what they were doing during the game we’ve got better at analysing. 

“We won’t approach the game any differently but its learning from the last game and making sure we get things right across the full 90 minutes on Sunday and not the full 45.” 

Forest come into the game off the back of back to back league wins which has seen them pick up a 5-0 victory over Sheffield FC and a 1-0 memorable win over Derby County. But despite the two wins on the bounce Cook reinstates his previous message that his side are still yet to achieve anything and they’ll continue to remain humble in victory. 

“We’ve only won our last two matches, looking back we lost our first two matches in the league of the season so all we’ve done it won two,” Cook said. 

“Yes, it’s good, yes, we’ve scored six, yes we haven’t conceded in those games but that’s what were here to do and that’s what we’re trying to do. 

“We’re keeping our feet very much on the ground and keeping ourselves nice and level. 

“You look at the league table Huddersfield are up there battling well with Sunderland like they have all season so far. But for ourselves were just taking every game as it comes and it’ll be a good game but hopefully we can get something from it.”


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